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April 10, 2015
Apr. 10 – The Week In Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, Consumer Reports reveals how robocallers are getting around the Do Not Call List and a notorious phone fraudster cons his way out of jail. On Monday Consumer Reports examined the reasons that robocallers are able to flaunt the National Do Not Call Registry rules. They found that many robocallers simply…
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April 3, 2015
Apr. 3 – The Week In Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, researchers uncover a new source of cross-channel bank fraud, and Forbes offers tips for avoiding the IRS phone scam. On Thursday, Reuters broke the news of a new cross-channel fraud scheme researchers have dubbed “The Dyre Wolf.” In this scheme, fraudsters send a targeted phishing email containing the Dyre malware.…
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March 27, 2015
Mar. 27 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, American Banker reports on how the IRS phone scam is affecting financial institutions and police trace several new phone scams to inmates with contraband cell phones. On Friday, reporter Penny Crosman of American Banker released a report on the effects of the IRS phone scam on banks. She highlighted recent…
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March 20, 2015
Mar. 20 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, the New York Times asks who’s to blame for Apple Pay fraud and banks and retailers expect a wave of CNP fraud. Apple Pay Fraud was back in the news this week, as experts began playing the blame game. In a statement to the New York Times, Apple put the…
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March 13, 2015
Mar. 13 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, IRS scammers make bad choices, and authorities crack down on robocallers around the world. IRS phone scammers made some unfortunate choices on targets this week. Senator Johnny Isakson, Catherine Fredman of Consumer Reports, and Timothy Camus, the deputy inspector general of the US Tax Administration, all received IRS scam calls.…
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March 5, 2015
Are Anti-Fraud Measures Putting Taxpayers at Risk?
It’s tax season, and that means tax scams are in full swing. Earlier this week, we wrote about the latest incarnations of the IRS phone scam. Today, we want to offer a warning about a potential new tax related scam. This year several states, including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin, are introducing a new…
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March 3, 2015
Cybersecurity Trends in Government at SINET ITSEF
Earlier this year, the IRS made the news when it announced that it expected nearly half of the calls it gets this tax season to go unanswered. Wait times for those that get through are expected to be over 30 minutes. Meanwhile, there has been a surge in aggressive and threatening phone calls from scam…
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February 27, 2015
Feb 27, 2015 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, Healthcare.gov provides an opportunity for phone fraudsters and Atlanta is named a hub for cybersecurity. On Monday, Hacksurfer issued a cyber security risk report, listing the new threats of the week. Hacksurfer interviewed Pindrop’s Director of Research, David Dewey, about a potential new threat connected to incorrect tax information from…
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February 26, 2015
The Story Behind Swatting
“The exploits are anywhere you give your money. Those are the holes. Anyone you give your money, anyone who has your phone number, anyone who has your address – they’re the exploits. If their support line is based on human interaction, it’s super easy.” -ZeroExFF, Self-Confessed Swatter   “Swatting” is a prank often used by…
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February 24, 2015
How the Pindrop Phoneypot Can Help Stop Robocalls at CFCA – FIINA
Robocalling and other malicious calling campaigns continue to plague the telecommunications industry. The FTC received nearly two million complaints about robocalls in 2014, accounting for about half of the total Do Not Call Complaints made that year. These unwanted calls waste more than 20 million working hours each year for SMBs. One tool that is…
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